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Rice managed to pull his wrist through the handcuff, evade authorities and escape the hospital on foot.

Daniel Rice (Image source: The Muscatine Journal)

After inmate Daniel Rice was taken to a hospital in Muscatine, Iowa, for heart-related issues Monday, he was handcuffed to a hospital bed.

But before long Rice managed to pull his wrist through the handcuff, evade authorities and escape the hospital on foot, the Muscatine Journal reported

Daniel Rice (Image source: The Muscatine Journal) Daniel Rice (Image source: The Muscatine Journal)

Authorities told the Journal that the 21-year-old had been wearing only a hospital gown at the time of his escape and that it had come off during the ensuing chase.

Rice had gotten away but warrants were issued for his arrest.

On Wednesday, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City, Illinois, after a 911 call about two men being chased by a pack of wild coyotes, Steven VenHuizen, chief deputy for the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office, told the Journal.

After deputies arrived they recognized Rice based on a description they had — not to mention the pacemaker scar on his chest. It was determined that Rice called 911 using a false name; he was taken into custody shortly after midnight and transported back to the Muscatine County Jail, VenHuizen told the Journal.

VenHuizen told TheBlaze on Friday that Rice likely made contact with an acquaintance after his escape and actually was with a female at the time of his capture. Rice called 911 using a cellphone he obtained after his escape and likely crossed the Mississippi River in a car, VenHuizen added to TheBlaze.

Rice was arrested in Muscatine County three times since July on charges of theft, criminal mischief and burglary, the Journal said. His newest rap sheet entry was escaping from custody, a class D felony, the paper added.

He's being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond; a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 3, the Journal said.

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